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Why can't we play music through the Apple Watch Speaker?

212rikanmofo

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Siri works and facetime audio calls work over the built-in speaker, so why can't we listen to our music? Makes no sense. I would love to be able to do this. Especially during work, where they don't allow us to bring out phones inside.
 

Shirasaki

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May 16, 2015
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If you ever use Apple Watch to answer the phone call for a while, you should be able to understand why Apple does not want people listen to music through Apple Watch speaker: its volume is still fairly low, compared with iPhone or iPad. Any reasonable level of noise will cover up the sound from Apple Watch. The experience is simply not good.
 
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waw74

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May 27, 2008
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because it would sound like (smiley poo emoji)

(sad face emoji) for not being able to use emoji here
 
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rgyiv

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I understand and agree with all of the comments above, but I still think it's silly it's not even an option. If it's turned off due to quality control, heck, I'd even click through a prompt every time that says "Please note: sound quality may not be ideal, please use AirPods or compatible headphones"
 
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matrix07

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Guys.. if you really need it just bought a cheap 2nd hand 1st gen AirPods and the problem solved. You can even use it with your iPhone as well.
Using watch speaker will take a heavy toll on watch battery.
 
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212rikanmofo

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Thing is I can't wear any type of headphones, ear phones while working inside a distribution center. It's against the policy. Which is why I wanted to be able to listen to it directly from the watch. I already own AirPods.
 
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Solver

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Yeah, Apple could fully enable the Apple Watch speaker and also sell a sling so you can stylishly tie your forearm against your ear.
 
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iPhysicist

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Yeah, Apple could fully enable the Apple Watch speaker and also sell a sling so you can stylishly tie your forearm against your ear.
No sling dude - but they could sell a dongle that enables the ability to a attach a sling.
 
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ftaok

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Jan 23, 2002
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Thing is I can't wear any type of headphones, ear phones while working inside a distribution center. It's against the policy. Which is why I wanted to be able to listen to it directly from the watch. I already own AirPods.
You could get a cheap BT speaker and pair the AW to it.
 
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jazz1

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Need I say more? :p

 
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Waughy

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I imagine it wouldn't do the battery much good. A shame though as I'm currently using a Galaxy Watch, which can play music through the built in speaker, and for what it is the sound is pretty good. Handy for times when you want to hear some music and don't have wireless headphones or a phone at hand.
 
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iPhysicist

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...handy for times you want to annoy other people with music they don't want to hear and you don't have that boombox or phone at hand.
 
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spooklog

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I agree with you that it is an omission by Apple. The tiny speaker in the Apple Watch 4 is incredibly efficient. I remember the first time I answered a call using the watch: Without thinking I put the watch near my ear, but the caller was so loud it was literally painful. The speaker is excellent in conditions like driving with the window down, crowded spaces and so on.
 
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